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Great Book For Reluctant Readers (9-12)

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Initial post: Sep 3, 2009 7:33:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2009 7:34:48 AM PDT
The Horrible Huckleberry Hex

This book is interactive, funny, and scary. It has all of the right ingredients to keep kids turning the page. A special feature with in The Horrible Huckleberry Hex is that each chapter ends with a delicious recipe!

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 3:17:11 PM PDT
MM2 says:
Try the Sisters Grimm series, uses a lot of the fairy tale characters kids have heard about growng up. I have a girl (10 years) and boy (12 years old) and both love the series.

The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1) (Bk. 1)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2009 12:18:13 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 7, 2009 10:33:40 AM PDT
Andrea says:
Matt Christopher has a a bunch of great books based on (probably every) sports, if they're interested in sports. What is it that they're interested in? There is always a book about the things our kids love, fiction or non, it's just a matter of finding them.

Browsing through non-fiction is always a great idea for reluctant readers (astronomy, anatomy, how to, history, geography).

Never be afraid to read a good picture book. There are some great picture books out there that are suited to this age group.

Good Luck!

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 4:22:21 AM PDT
One of the best series I have run across and use in my classroom for reluctant readers is the Crypto-Caper Series by Renee Hand. Book 1: The Case of the Missing Sock and Book 2: The Case of Red Rock Canyon. It can be used in so many ways and it is interactive. The reader has to actually particiapte in the story in order to solve the case. It is brillant and keeps my students interested. Not only that but the reader remembers more of the story because it is fun and interesting! My reluctant readers love to solve the puzzles and cryptograms. This series is perfect for reluctant readers. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 4:46:35 PM PDT
jd says:
The Captain Underpants series is great. It has enough gross humor to appeal to boys (and some girls) of any age. It also has a lot of sophisticated wordplay and difficult vocabulary that kids won't even notice as they crack up at the gross jokes. These are books that even an adult can appreciate. I love 'em and I'm in my 30's.

The Time Warp Trio by Jon Sciescka is another very witty series that combines humor and adventures with characters very relatable to preteen boys.

Graphic novels and graphic novel/traditional hybrids are also great for reluctant readers. Try the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney (a very clever and funny series about an extremely self-involved junior high school kid) or Frankie Pickle by Eric Wight, just to name a couple. Good luck. There's tons of fun stuff out there for kids, it's just a matter of finding something that strikes your reluctant reader just right.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 10:46:12 AM PDT
Neanderthal says:
Hoot, Flush, and Scat -all by Carl Hiaasen

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 7:09:38 PM PDT
If your kids like to laugh, they will absolutely love Sandlot Summit. It's a story in which the fate of the entire world is at stake in a kids' baseball game between Russia and United States during the cold war. The loser faces possible nuclear annihilation but the winner gets to go to Dairy Queen. There's even a glossary in the back displaying the harder words.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 12:17:35 PM PDT
"Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx has everything, history, drama, imagination, creative expression. We have too few novels that have acted as a vehicle for teaching timeless messages. Dr. Harp is well versed in his historical material. He has taken history one step further. He engaged the challenge of conveying complex impressions and insights rooted in ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) history and culture and merging these notions with contemporary youth culture. As such, a wide audience should find this novel exciting and informative at the same time. Teachers can find many uses for the content. Adults in general and young people in particular can simply relax and enjoy the work as a novel, and return to it for further study. All praises to Dr. Harp for giving us a solid model of how to bring our culture to life."

Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III-Nana Baffour Amankwatia II Fuller Callaway Professor, Georgia State University

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2009 3:31:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2009 3:32:53 PM PDT
Here's a good book for that age group and that type of reader. It's been described several times as too good to put down till the end.

Cry for the Moon

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 6:39:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2009 6:45:34 AM PDT
Sarah B. says:
"Saving Bluestone Belle" by Strawberry Shakespeare is the stand-out choice for reluctant readers ages 9-12. This heartwarming comic-adventure about a ten year old boy who hits the road to rescue his stolen horse from thieves has everything reluctant readers love -- laugh out loud humor, suspense, clever illustrations and a story that zips along with plentiful action and dialogue and a minimum of narrative. Kids say they can't put it down. Check it out, you won't be sorry.

Saving Bluestone Belle

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 4:03:56 PM PST
Library Mom says:
I've introduced my reluctant readers to the "Raymond and Graham" books. Full of humor. Great step into the world of real books for kids who are used to reading "Captain Underpants".

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 3:17:17 AM PST
Kev Webb says:
If 'your looking for a good story with a touch of horror and lots of fun then my book "Dream Raider, (A Johnny Marsh Adventure) is what your looking for.
K C Webb

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 8:03:07 AM PST
M. Ferrari says:
CHESS RUMBLE by G. Neri. Powerful and relevent and effortless to read and understand.
Chess Rumble

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Marie says:
Just wanted to second the recommendation for the Sisters Grimm series. Both my 12-year-old and 9-year-old love this series.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 11:12:48 PM PST
try Raptor Ravine Raptor Ravine I know a couple of twelve year olds who read the whole book in one sitting!

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 8:52:26 PM PST
susan says:
My reluctant reader took off with the Choose your own Adventure books, interactive mysteries, and The Spiderwick Chronicals, because they are quick reads and engaging.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 2:41:29 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 22, 2010 7:01:21 AM PST
FourWinds says:
Up North Adventure Series by GM Moore--Muskie Attack and Ancient Elk Hunt. Fast-paced, fun, action-packed books. I could hear my son laughing while he read them!

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 5:00:53 AM PDT
Mille Regan says:
The Diary of the Killer Cat by Anne Fine is absolutely hilarious. (you can Look Inside it here on Amazon). I bought this and started reading it out to my six year old son in the Mall coffee shop and we both laughed so hard that people turned. I was actually crying with laughter. My son wanted me to keep reading to find out what happened in the end but I had to get home. So in the car he picked up the book and started reading it to me. I didnt even know he could read. When he was finished he wanted the second book in the series. I went back the next day and got it and he read it first and then gave it to me to read and we laughed and talked about it. He has never looked back and found the love of reading from this simple book. Three years on he is nine and has a reading age of 14. But every now and again he'll pick up the Killer Cat and say " Do you remember this?" and we'll both laugh and read it again. I've made a habit of sharing his books so that he has someone to talk to about them and he has never been a reluctant reader. Show your child that reading is good fun and they will never be reluctant about it. Hope this helps.


Posted on Mar 26, 2010 6:49:06 AM PDT
This is a fun and funny story and a pretty quick read, written for the 9-12 yr old group. Seems to appeal to the same crowd that loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 1:45:39 PM PDT
I loved The Lightning Thief series. I'm on the last book an it's really good.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 2:38:05 PM PDT
Bookgirl says:
Try the Urban Underground series from Saddleback Educational Publishing.

Actually try any of their products, they focus on books for struggling readers in middle school and highschool.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 9:27:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2010 9:29:01 AM PDT
Pam says:
Andy Grifths books. Kind of like the Wimpy Kid's humor.
We went to the book store when we found out my son would need to see the reading teacher at school beacuse he was not reading at grade level (he is in 3rd grade, age 8). I saw the "Just" series (Just annoying, Just disjusting, etc). I knew he would love the bad boy appeal of them so I faked some outrage and told him I was not really sure I wanted him reading that stuff. That made him want to read it even more. On the way home I bet him he could finish it anyway and if I lost I will buy another one of "those books I am not sure I like you reading." He ripped through all of them all tested out of the reading class with in 3 months.

Posted on May 19, 2010 7:22:29 PM PDT
Florentius says:
For girls, give Martha and Chip a try. It's an easy read. My kids loved it!
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